1) Bureaucracies: a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials, rather than by elected representatives. The civil servants who work to implement laws passed by Congress.
- There are about 4000 political appointees in the government.
- There are about 2.7 million civil servant who work for these appointees.
- Civil servants work for an agency for years while political appointees generally shift each time a new president is elected.
2) Interest groups: an organization that tries to influence what the government does in order to advance their agenda. They try to influence the behavior of elected officials, such as members of Congress, presidents, and judges.
- They are not part of a political party, nor the government.
-Usually seek to benefit themselves or the companies they represent, not always concerned about the good of the public.
3) The military industrial complex: the belief that government agencies, corporations, and research institutes work together to benefit from military spending.
Marxism - war is instigated for profit.
WW1 - No real cause
World War II brought us out of depression.
Banana wars - Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua.
Thank Iraq - oil